Archive for the 'homesteading' Category

Oh yeah hatchlings

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Oops! I forgot to tell you what happened with all those eggs! Well, this: Despite a couple mishaps, everything went according to plan: First mistake: the thermometer I was using at first turned out to be 6 degrees too cool. I only found out about three days in (and then immediately Amazon Primed a replacement […]

Overwintering sweet potatoes

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Remember last year, how I got that absolutely massive couple of sweet potatoes from my new hugel bed? They turned out great, sweet and not fibrous at all like I’d feared. So in case part of their massive growth was due to amazing genetics and not just the pond goop I’d topped the hugel with, I kept the top […]

Sculpting the woods

Friday, April 1st, 2016

I’m finally to the point that I’ve cleared out and colonized all the land left inside the garden. I want more room, specifically more room to grow perennials, and I’ve been eyeing the little strip north of the garden – maybe 1,000 sf or so – between the top of the garden and the road. […]

Sofía’s peach

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

A few years ago, Sofía found a peach pit in the garden (probably from our own compost.) She begged me if she could plant it and I said sure… thinking of course the thing wasn’t going to grow. I explained to her that even if it did grow and give fruit, that fruit grown from seeds half the […]

The bees are back

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

For the first time since 2009, I’ve overwintered 100% of my 3 bee colonies. (MD has the highest rate in the nation of colony collapse disorder.) As I checked mid-March, they were all three alive and queenright and even had frames of honey left. The two largest were churning out brood so fast I had […]

Raised beds, or wanna-be hugels

Monday, March 28th, 2016

I just finished reading one of my most favorite gardening books to date: Guys, I almost didn’t buy this book. I saw it and thought “oh, I have enough gardening books,” but then I saw Bonsall speak at this past bionutrient conference and he cracked me up! And then after hearing him speak and feeling bombarded […]

Greenhouse, at last

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Have I still never shown you the finished greenhouse? It’s been done since the beginning of March, for crying out loud. It’s positioned purposely over the kitchen door and window. I can walk right out into my garden. And when it’s hot in there, as it gets every time we have a good period of sun, […]

Homegrown babies

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Spring is right around the corner, and my poultry have been getting kinda frisky lately. I took that as a sign that it might be time to set the next generation in motion. Last year I was lucky enough to have three hens go broody and raise their own chicks (takes so much work off […]

Greens for the girls

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

I feel so bad for the hens in winter. The ground is frozen and hard to scratch, there are no bugs to be found, and there’s certainly nothing green. Chickens are crazy about greens. They’ll tear up your garden, quick; in fact once I let them out there in the Fall they make short work of […]

Oyster inoculation, 3, 2, 1…. go?

Monday, March 7th, 2016

It took me a couple days to get around to it, but I did eventually take my jars of sterilized coffee grounds and add the oyster mushroom base to them. I chopped the biggest “root ball” up into pieces and layered those lasagne-style with coffee grounds. The smaller root base I just “planted” with its little […]